Frequently Asked Questions - About TSHA

The TSHA offices are located at The University of Texas at Austin. Our address, phone numbers and a map can be found on our contact page.

The state historical marker program is administered by the Texas Historical Commission. You can contact them at P.O. Box 12276, Austin, Texas 78711-2276, telephone (512) 463-6100.

The 120th annual meeting will be held March 3-5, 2016 at the Omni Mandalay Hotel in Irving, Texas.

The 121st annual meeting will be held March 2-4, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Houston in Houston, Texas. Please check the annual meeting website for more information.

There are many resources available in Texas for family history research. You might try contacting the Texas State Archives and Library Commission, P.O. Box 12927, Austin, Texas 78711, telephone (512) 463-5455; or the Texas Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics, P.O. Box 12040, Austin, Texas 78711-2040, telephone (512) 458-7111, toll-free (888) 963-7111. Another valuable resource for genealogists is the Texas GenWeb Project.

The Eugene C. Barker Texas History Collection, a research library containing more than 130,000 books, more than 3,500 individual collections of papers and official records, more than 35,000 clippings on Texas subjects, and approximately 3,100 Texas newspaper titles, is the leading source for published and unpublished materials dealing with Texas history. The BTHC, which is open to the public, is a component of the University of Texas at Austin Center for American History and is located in 2.101 Sid Richardson Hall on the UT Austin campus, telephone (512) 495-4515.

Please use the online form here and be sure to include your name, mailing address, and email address.

The text of the New Handbook of Texas employs two types of cross-reference, the symbol qv and the see or see also reference. (1) The symbol qv denotes Latin quod vide, "which see." The plural of qv is written qqv. A qv is printed beside a noun phrase that is the subject of an article in the New Handbook; qqv means that each item in the preceding series is represented by an article.  In the Handbook of Texas Online, these references are being replaced with a hyperlink to the referenced article.  For more information about these cross-references, see the full description in the Handbook help section.

The TSHA does not maintain a collection of archival materials. You might contact the University of North Texas Libraries or the University of Texas Center for American History (see above), which has a Web page devoted to donors and donations, or the University of Texas Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 South Bowie Street, San Antonio, Texas 78205-3296, telephone (210) 558-2300.

In most browsers, you can change the size of the text on most web sites by using the following steps:

  1. Press and hold the CTRL and press + (the plus sign), to increase the text size. Press the + (plus sign) as many times as you want to get your desired text size.
  2. Press and hold the CTRL and press 0 (zero), to make set to the normal text size.
  3. Press & hold the CTRL and press - (the minus sign), to decrease the text size. Press the - (minus sign) as many times as you want to get your desired text size.

Read more: How to Adjust Browser Font Size |

When printing articles, make sure your browser is not set to "Shrink To Fit".  Printing the pages at 100% scale should give best results.  If using Internet Explorer, please use Print Preview to check this setting before printing. To find the print preview, click on the "Settings Gear" to open the print option, then select print preview.

When in print preview, choosing 100% from the drop down menu should resize the text. Choosing anything bigger than 100% might cause the text to be too big to fit to one page, and the printed page might end up with cut-off text.

Internet Explorer - Print Preview screen shot

visit the mytsha forums to participate

View these posts and more when you register your free MyTSHA account.

Call for Papers: Texas Center for Working-Class Studies Events, Symposia, and Workshops
Hi all! You may be interested in this call for papers I received from the Texas Center for Working-Class Studies at Collin College...

Katy Jennings' Ride Scholarly Research Request
I'm doing research on Catherine Jennings Lockwood, specifically the incident known as "Katy Jennings' Ride." Her father was Gordon C. Jennings, the oldest man to die at the Alamo...

Texas Constitution of 1836 Co-Author- Elisha Pease? Ask a Historian
The TSHA profile of Elisha Marshall Pease states that he wrote part of the Texas Constitution although he was only a 24 year-old assistant secretary (not elected). I cannot find any other mention of this authorship work by Pease in other credible research about the credited Constution authors...